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by the u-s geological survey. predicts that in the coming decades, an alarming number of people could be killed in earthquakes. kron 4's charles clifford explains. >> reporter: this new study, put together by a pair of usgs scientists, makes some very sobering predictions first, they estimate that there could be as many as 21 catastrophic earthquakes this century. they define a catastrophic earthquake as being an event where more than 50,000 people are killed. there have already been four such quakes since the year 2000, including the 2004 sumatra quake and the 2010 earthquake in haiti. new that world wide as many 3.5 by the during this millennium. now, this isn't because there will be more that the planet's population continues to grow and that are living near earthquake zones. here's how they came to this conclusion. the study analyzed catastrophic earthquakes going back to 1500 a.d and then compared those events to world population estimates at the time. what they found is that as the population grows, so does the number of catastrophic earthquakes. by the end of this century, the
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